America's Next Top Model

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When we return, we're backstage, pre-panel. The judges are super punchy, because they too are ready for this shit to be over. Ann and Chelsey emerge in their Just Cavalli ensembles. There are judges -- Nigel Barker, Andre Leon Talley, and two special guest judges, Jay Manuel and Roberto Cavalli himself. He kind of looks like he should be the main guy from Fantasy Island. There are also fabulous prizes: a contract with IMG Models, a cover of and spread in Beauty in Vogue, a spread in Italian Vogue, a feature on Italian Vogue's website, and a $100,000 contract with Cover Girl. Tyra reminds both Ann and Chelsey that this is very serious business. There is an implicit, "Don't fuck it up. Whatever remaining reputation I have is on the line."

The judges first look at Chelsey's runway performance. Nigel says that it's a tad fast, and also stiff. If she had just relaxed into it, it would have been better. The good news is that the camera loves her, so all the photographic shots were beautiful. Tyra tells her that she gets a little lost when she gets to the end of runway and has to turn. She forgets that cameras and people are on all sides, including people who are looking to hate on her. Shout out! A model can't give the haters any excuse to say anything is wrong, Tyra says. Jay agrees that Chelsey was tentative, and adds that she didn't show the same kind of strength that she has on a photo set. Cavalli thinks that Chelsey was really natural. However, he didn't like her so much when she put her hands on her hips at the end of the runway. That movement, he says, is a bit old fashioned. ALT felt no snap, crackle, or pop, but thinks that her legs looked fantastic. Nigel adds that Chelsey had tunnel focus on the runway, and that it's good to have lateral focus and take in a little bit of the audience. Tyra shows her 1990's eye movement featuring a peek to the side and forward. She suggests that Chelsey do that, but not literally. So, I guess think about looking but don't look? It makes about as much sense as anything else she says.

Then it's time to look at Ann's runway walk. Nigel tells her that she's really improved, and that it's fun to watch her. However, her crazy eyes were bulging out of her head. Tyra agrees that it was a little "zombie." Jay wanted Ann to own her walk, which is a little different and will never be cookie cutter. She needs to believe in it, which clearly hasn't happened yet. Roberto Cavalli says, "I felt that you... was really a little bit hard. It was, I don't know how to say, scared." That is Italian for "whack." ALT would give Ann a B-. He does think that she managed well with the fabulous fringed shoes. In this case I think "managed well" means "didn't fall, thank God."

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